Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir has signed with County cricket team Kent on Wednesday. The pacer bid goodbye to international cricket last year will be making his debut for Kent in Vitality T20 Blast 2021 season.
Amir will join the Spitfires for up to seven group stage matches in the second-half of the tournament. It is not confirmed as to when he will join the team because that will depend on his stint with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Moreover, after arriving in the United Kingdom (UK) he will also have to go through a mandatory quarantine protocols.
The 29-year-old is one of the best fast bowlers in the world having already won PSL title and even helped Essex Eagles win the title in 2019.
He also helped Pakistan in winning the T20 World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy before announcing retirement from international cricket.
“We’re delighted that a player of Amir’s quality has agreed to join us for the later stages of the Blast this year,” Kent director of cricket Paul Downton said.
“His skill and experience will be an invaluable addition to our bowling attack.” he added.
Mohammad Amir stats
Amir has had a prosperous T20 career so far with 220 wickets in 190 matches to date and also boasts off the bowling average of 22.50. Besides, he has played 36 Tests, 61 ODIs and 50 T20Is for Pakistan before calling it quits in August last year.
The 29-year-old said that he is looking forward to playing for Kent as he said, “I am excited to join a Kent team full of potential. I have always enjoyed playing at Canterbury, and I hope I will be able to help Kent win a trophy this year.”
The T20 Vitality Blast 2021 will begin from from June 9 with the contest between Kent vs Hampshire, Lancashire vs Derbyshire, Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire and Somerset vs Essex.